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Old Time Radio Programs. Box 13
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Reviewer: furryscurry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2016
Subject: great stumble-on
I'm like a few other reviewers here in that I grew up in the 90 and 00s listening to OTR on late night AM stations. This is easily my favorite adventure series. In the vein of Johnny Dollar, but Ladd is considerably more believable and likable. Have an audio-crush on Suzie. Great show. Wish there were more eps though.
Reviewer: harron68 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 11, 2016
Subject: Box 5 STARS
As good a show as possible. I second the disappointment that there were not many more episodes. Except for the dizzy Suzy character, it's still a fresh series. To some, the light attitude he has toward danger makes the plots less believable, but personalities vary in real life too.
Along with Johnny Dollar and Frank Lovejoy's Night Beat this is one of radio's shining series. Thanx to all involved in making this great and fun entertainment!
Reviewer: prewarbooksfallout - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 15, 2014
Subject: Hello, there, I'm Dan Holiday.
Alan Ladd was great in this series and had a great radio voice. Every mystery was a hoot and the show gradually improved! I like that Susie got a running joke as the series went along, and it only got better! I am sorry that it had to end! No audio complaints! Thanks to all who put it on here! I loved it very much.
Reviewer: Man from Arles - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2013
Subject: Superb Radio
Just "stumbled across" Box 13... What a fortuitous delight!
Great cast (Ladd) and production values.

With only 52 episodes, will have to ration them out slowly, for maximum enjoyment.

Far, far superior to Johnny Dollar, not to mention the disappointing nearly-slapstick Sam Spade.
Reviewer: Mr_Know_It_All - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2012
Subject: Date Corrections
Box 13 actually began running on KNX in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 16, 1948 at 7pm replacing "Escape" The show was listed as A. Ladd, then Alan Ladd, and on occasion, Box 13. The series' first Hollywood run was on KNX Sunday nights until 1/1/1949 when the show was moved to Saturdays for the remainder of it's 52 weeks. ABC Radio would offer the series to its stations for the 1950-51 season.
Reviewer: jesse100 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2012
Subject: Great show
Another of my favorites. This one had it all. Great acting, writing, directing, production values and the shows that exist are as clear as a bell. Ladd was terrific as Dan Holiday. Too bad there are no more shows to listen to in this great series.
Reviewer: hrlaser - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2011
Subject: Excellent series - Alan Ladd was exceptional..
I caught a few epsidoes of "Box 13" on the 24 / 7 streaming OTR station, Antioch 1710, and came here to snag the entire series..

The good parts - the plots are excellent.. very well-written.. despite being famous for his film work, despite being only 5'6" tall, the handsome, blonde Ladd had an excellent baritone radio voice, perfect timing, and never flubs a line.. most episodes are book-endeded with some witty repartee between his character, Dan Holliday, and his cute (well, we can only imagine her as cute) but dumb (in a charmingly silly way) secretary, Suzie..

No commercials in any of the episodes.. the theme music and scoring are top-notch..

The bad - there are only 52 episodes spanning 1948 - 1949.. Ladd tragically ended his own life..

These half-hour shows move very quickly, and often have fairly convoluted plots, so one has to pay attention while listening, unless you want to "re-wind" a lot..

Highly-recommended, if you like fast-moving detective / mystery OTR.. in a way, Ladd's savvy character reminds me of Bob Bailey's "Johnny Dollar", but with one glaring difference - Johnny knew every trick in the book to pad his expense account.. Dan Holliday refuses to take a cent from anyone, as his "go anywhere, do anything" adventures were just fodder to get ideas for the mystery books he wrote..
Reviewer: porterville - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2010
Subject: Alan Ladd Did Very Well In Box 13
This was one of my childhood family's favorite radio programs when it was originally broadcast. The plots hold up very well after 60 years. Alan Ladd did well in these Box 13 programs. He was a frequent star in other radio programs at the time such as the Lux Radio Theater. He had an excellent voice and delivery. Alan Ladd was a favorite in the movies of the 1940's and 1950's.
Reviewer: LadyLisa - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2009
Subject: Re: Radio Noir
this is a great show, not as good as Suspense but in the same theme. The stories are enjoyable and they move at a face pace. Ladd voice is smooth making it easy listening.
Reviewer: Vlazuvius - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 11, 2009
Subject: Great stuff for any fan of old time radio
I'm only in my twenties, but I grew up with old-time radio shows coming over the AM band in the middle of the night, and this show is possibly better than any of the ones I grew up on. With the exception of the annoying intro, a harsh female voice repeating the title over and over there are few flaws, and the recording quality on all but a few of these is top notch. If you like good detective stories with charasmatic leads and a touch of humor, this is for you.
Reviewer: aratbag - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2008
Subject: highly enjoyable detective stuff
In another variation on a much used theme the hero is a writer who seeks his muse from requests in his po box 13 when he turns into the detective.
New to me in the UK but highly enjoyable. If you like this type of radio show you will not be disappointed,
Reviewer: Kip The Wanderer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2008
Subject: Ain't he great?
I listened to old time radio from 1983 until 2003 while I drove my tractor trailer cross country. Primarily listening to Fresno radio station KMJ 580 am, I loved it when they played a Box 13 episode as it was one of my favorite shows. I found Box 13 online in 2008 and started listening to them in order. I had not even come close to hearing them all. I think Alan Ladd was huge and not small framed described online. (I only knew him thru the radio). I was very saddened to learn thru his online Wikipedia Bio that he had committed suicide to end his life. How sad to leave the earth in that fashion. My father choose the same. Two people I adored gone. The memories of both will linger forever in my heart. God Bless you Dad and Alan.
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